Jazz & Blues

Bar Lobo


3.9 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Bar Lobo changes character as the day unfolds. Based in Barcelona, the two floors offer tapas and a Japanese inspired menu. Great evening spot too.

Another bar in the Grupo Tragaluz empire, the moody, monochrome, two-storey Bar Lobo changes character as the day progresses. Not far from La Rambla, it’s a great drop in spot for a coffee or a snack during the day, when there’s a range of tasty tapas on offer try the fried aubergine, the asparagus tempura or the prawns, and save room for the lemon pie for dessert. The menu is fairly varied, offering more than your usual range of tapas classics, so it’s a great place for you to go with friends and order lots of different dishes to share. It gets busier during the evenings, when you might have to wait a little for your food, and upstairs serves a Japanese flavoured menu, hence its alternative name, El Japones . But whatever you order, the focus here is on market-fresh produce expertly prepared, so you’re unlikely to go away disappointed. The venue is spacious and airy, the walls are stark and white and the space is enlivened by numerous dangling globe pendant lights hanging from the high ceilings, and by frequently changing art exhibitions on the upper level. There’s an open kitchen, too, so you can see your food being made. Another personality shift occurs after midnight when the DJ arrives and the venue becomes a funky little space for dancing into the small hours. The cocktails are wicked things and the terrace area gives you breathing space on sultry Catalan nights. Unsurprisingly given its locale, the place attracts a lot of tourists, but the quality food attracts a fair share of locals, too, which is always a good sign.